Best Free Software for Linux

 

Introduction

LinuxLinux, occasionally referred to as GNU/Linux, is an open source and free operating system predominantly known for its use in servers, but has increasingly become commonplace in desktop, notebook and netbook computers in recent years after newer and enhanced versions of Linux distributions, Ubuntu or Linux Mint for example, are developed and offered free to users.

While you can get the Linux system and use it for free, you can also run on the system a wide range of free applications such as well-known and commonly-used software including Firefox web browser and the LibreOffice application suite.

Among various free applications, here you might find the best free software for Linux, including those products reviewed and recommended by our editors in the various sections.

Other programs that work as potential alternatives to Windows applications or even perform better than them are also listed here for the benefit of users who migrate from Windows to Linux or run dual systems on their computers.

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Summary

This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 149 applications in 97 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps below.

 

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by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 10:12  (105635)

Nikki and the Robots Free Version 1.0 is a 2D platformer game with a cute protagonist, various robots and diverse levels. It combines modern gameplay — including simulated physics and wall-jumping — with innovative überpixel retro style (download can be found under the picture):
http://joyridelabs.de/game/

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 10:27  (105637)

PoxNora is a collectible, turn-based, tactical, online fantasy game. Players command armies of fantastic creatures, cast spells of devastating power, and summon relics and equipment of ancient renown in order to defeat their opponents:
http://poxnora.station.sony.com/index.do

FoFiX is a fork of Frets On Fire:
http://code.google.com/p/fofix/

by Panzer on 22. February 2013 - 8:52  (105653)

Data Visualization is a free generic cross platform and cross db reporting tool.

You can easily create report layout and import data from almost any data base (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, Interbase, SQLite, Sybase, Amazon SimpleDB, KDB+, Apache Derby, HSQLDB) or from external files and create hundreds of documents in whatever format you want (PDF, HTML, XLS(X), XML, CSV, RTF, DOCX, LaTeX, JSON, YAML, etc):
https://sites.google.com/site/datavisualizationapplication/home

by Panzer on 22. February 2013 - 9:16  (105654)

One Late Night is a short immersive horror-game experience, starring an unnamed graphic designer employee, working late one night at the office, until strange things start to happen:
http://www.moddb.com/games/one-late-night

by Panzer on 23. February 2013 - 8:23  (105681)

completeme is a python script that'll allow you to auto-complete filenames and launch them in an editor:
https://pypi.python.org/pypi/completeme

Alchemy (beta) is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways:
http://al.chemy.org/

by Panzer on 26. February 2013 - 8:48  (105762)

CodeBlocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable:
http://www.codeblocks.org/

by Panzer on 28. February 2013 - 9:29  (105814)

SMath Studio - mathematical program with "paper"-like interface and numerous computing features (now with integrated mathematical reference book):
http://en.smath.info/forum/yaf_postst1447_SMath-Studio-0-95-4594--30-Jul...

by Panzer on 6. March 2013 - 9:18  (105985)

"... Tomahawk is a music player that fundamentally changes the way music is consumed and shared. It decouples the name of the song from the source it was shared from - and fulfills the request using all of your available sources ...":
http://www.tomahawk-player.org/

by Panzer on 9. March 2013 - 10:23  (106075)
by Panzer on 12. March 2013 - 9:21  (106157)

OCHD (1/43 on Virus Total):

Features:

-Download acceleration (AKA multi-part) whenever possible (up to 40 connections per file).
-HTTP links support (direct download).
-Resume download support whenever possible.
-Global download speed limit.
-Slot limit (up to 20 slots) for simultaneous downloads.
-Automatic retry on download fail.
-File list Drag&Drop (Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click or Shift+up and down arrow keys)
-Lightweight: you can add thousands of links.
-HTTP Proxy support.
-History.
-Automatic Extract/Uncompress files.
-IP Renewer.
-Automatic system shutdown.
-Clipboard monitor.

http://ochdownloader.com/

by Panzer on 12. March 2013 - 9:35  (106159)

Notepadqq - A Notepad++ clone for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepadqq/

by Jojo Yee on 12. March 2013 - 13:21  (106167)

It's still a pre-alpha at version 0.13.0. See also this note by the developer.

by Panzer on 18. March 2013 - 9:42  (106346)

dtrx is a tool for that takes all the hassle out of extracting archives:

Features:

* Handles many archive types: You only need to remember one simple command to extract tar, zip, cpio, deb, rpm, gem, 7z, cab, lzh, rar, gz, bz2, lzma, xz, and many kinds of exe files, including Microsoft Cabinet archives, InstallShield archives, and self-extracting zip files. If they have any extra compression, like tar.bz2 files, dtrx will take care of that for you, too.
* Keeps everything organized: dtrx will make sure that archives are extracted into their own dedicated directories.
* Sane permissions: dtrx makes sure you can read and write all the files you just extracted, while leaving the rest of the permissions intact.
* Recursive extraction: dtrx can find archives inside the archive and extract those too.

http://brettcsmith.org/2007/dtrx/

by Panzer on 19. March 2013 - 9:40  (106380)

Octopussy - Open Source Log Management Solution:

Features:

- LDAP supported for Octopussy Users & Contacts
- Send Alerts by Email, IM(Jabber), NSCA(Nagios) & Zabbix_sender
- Export Reports by Email, FTP & SCP
- Create Map to show your architecture
- Input & Output Plugins for Reports
- Reports Scheduling
- 'RRDTool' to graph syslog activity
- Lot of Services already supported: Bind, Cisco Router, Cisco Switch, DenyAll Reverse Proxy, Drbd, F5 BigIP, Fortinet FW, Ironport MailServer, Linux Kernel/System, Linux IPTables, Monit, MySQL, Nagios, NetApp NetCache, Juniper Netscreen FW, Juniper Netscreen NSM, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Samhain, Snmpd, Squid, Sshd, Syslog-ng, Windows Snare Agent, Xen...
- Wizard to easily create new Message/Service for Unrecognized logs
- Online Updates for Services, Tables & Multilanguage
- Multilanguage support
- Themable Interface & Report

http://www.octopussy.pm/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/syslog-analyzer/?source=navbar

by Panzer on 23. March 2013 - 8:42  (106485)

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation:
http://latex-project.org/
http://latex-project.org/ftp.html

by Panzer on 25. March 2013 - 8:35  (106513)

Micropolis is one of the oldest and greatest city-building games based on the original code for SimCity.

Features:

* Unlimited playability offers hours of fun
* Eight included scenarios, each a game in itself, with an unlimited number of ways to win or lose
* Multiple Views allows you to open up any number of animated city maps and editors at once
* Micropolis features pop up "pie menus" for quickly selecting city editing tools

http://sourceforge.net/projects/micropolis.mirror/

by Panzer on 27. March 2013 - 8:52  (106573)

With SubiT, you can download subtitles to your favorite movies and serieses by just right clicking them and executing SubiT:
http://subit-app.users.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 28. March 2013 - 10:31  (106596)

"... AstroMenace is a brilliant 3d scroll-shooter allowing you to feel the adrenalin rush of a fierce space battle against relentless swarms of alien invaders. Immerse into a decisive battle against tons of cunning foes, face the terrifying bosses and protect your homeland throughout 15 diverse levels of the game. The hardcore gameplay of AstroMenace, packed with pure non-stop action, will become a full scale test for your basic instinct of survival ...":
http://www.viewizard.com/

Blobby Volley 2:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/blobby/

by Panzer on 30. March 2013 - 8:51  (106651)

Zero Install is a decentralised cross-distribution software installation system. Other features include full support for shared libraries, sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers:
http://0install.net/

by Panzer on 2. April 2013 - 8:24  (106739)

"... Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. It's designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (don't worry, regular searches work too). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file. And it lets you do this for all the file formats it supports ...":
http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/

by Panzer on 4. April 2013 - 8:33  (106806)

The Connection Manager (ConnMan) project provides a daemon for managing internet connections within embedded devices running the Linux operating system.

ConnMan is designed to be slim and to use as few resources as possible, so it can be easily integrated. It is a fully modular system that can be extended, through plug-ins, to support all kinds of wired or wireless technologies. The plug-in approach allows for easy adaption and modification for various use cases:
http://connman.net/

by Panzer on 4. April 2013 - 9:58  (106811)

FSGamer runs games in their own X server, which can improve the speed, reduce annoying interruptions, and make switching between fullscreen games and your desktop easy and reliable (still in alpha):
http://michaelb.org/projects/fsgamer/

by Panzer on 5. April 2013 - 8:27  (106832)

Tor Browser Bundle for GNU/Linux - Everything you need to safely browse the Internet. This package requires no installation. Just extract it and run:
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en#linux

Instructions:
https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 8:33  (106893)
by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 8:51  (106895)

Radio Tray is an online radio streaming player that runs on a Linux system tray. Its goal is to have the minimum interface possible, making it very straightforward to use:
http://radiotray.sourceforge.net/

Great Little Radio Player - A robust internet radio station streamer for Ubuntu and Fedora based Linux distributions. It connects to web sites offering radio streaming and lets you play radio stations directly from that locations. With Great Little Radio Player, you will have collection of 300 radio stations worldwide:
https://sites.google.com/site/glrpgreatlittleradioplayer/home

by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 9:39  (106899)

Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features:
https://jitsi.org/Main/HomePage

by Panzer on 10. April 2013 - 7:43  (106953)

XnViewMP is the enhanced version to XnView. It is a powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats (both 32 and 64 bit versions are available):
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnviewmp/

by Panzer on 10. April 2013 - 9:12  (106957)
by vandamme on 10. April 2013 - 13:22  (106961)

XnView is a great photo editor. Fast, easy, yet powerful.

by Panzer on 12. April 2013 - 7:53  (107014)

zuluCrypt is a front end to cryptsetup, a Linux native solution for hard drive encryption. As a GUI frontend, zuluCrypt makes it easy to use cryptsetup to manage PLAIN,LUKS as well as TRUECRYPT encrypted volumes.

Features:

- Create encrypted volumes in files and in partitions.
- Create LUKS and PLAIN encrypted volumes
- Open encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Add keys to luks based encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Delete keys from luks based encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Open encrypted volumes using a passphrase, a keyfile, a combination of passphrase and keyfile, a gpg encrypted keyfile.
- Retrieve volume keys from either gnome's keyring or kde's kwallet.
- Encrypt stand alone files, a la gpg (no compression and integrity check though).
- Erase data on partitions.

http://code.google.com/p/zulucrypt/

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